Well, it was meant to be. I had some lovely broad french lace which I thought of using for a nuno scarf. Carefully laying out the wool, I added the lace on one side and dyed silk laps on the other and began rolling. Stopping part way to check how it was progressing, I decided I really didn’t like it and promptly ripped the wool from the lace setting it aside as a pre-felt I could come back to later.
Ripping the wool off whilst it was wet meant it stretched and pulled it, it looked quite good, I began to have thoughts of using it as a collar on a pot, hmm….
To begin, I made a basic white pot on a resist and took it to the pre-felt stage with the resist moved. Using about half the scarf length I began pleating and tacking it in place before recommencing felting.
I really like all the chunky texture around the opening contrasting with the plain pot.
Really pleased with how it turned out and I still have half the prefelt and all of the lace leftover for another project. Should I bead the collar??
I ran a felt pot workshop last Saturday, it was a good day in many respects. the sun shone all day and warmed the room we were working in, the people on the workshop were friendly, eager to work and have a laugh and they made some fabulous pots, especially the newbie felters.
We began by forming felt around a small vase and went on to free form a second vessel afterwards. Both were made from British wool and adorned by various silks, all available from Adelaide Walker (of which I’m a partner). People were encouraged to try a different wool each time. The results were stunning as I’m sure you’ll agree.
You can see bits of hand dyed Swaledale and Blue Faced Leicester adding more colour to the pots. Sadly the silk doesn’t shine too well when wet. Thanks for a great day everyone and for the help in clearing away, I was home in record time!
The next pot workshop is on Tuesday 15th May where we progress to adding lots and lots of texture. I’d love to see you there.
After the success of the last pots I wanted to make more but this time I’ve chosen to work in white to tie in with my work for Metaphor. Metaphor is the textile group to which I belong and we’re currently focussing on white work.
The inside is a layer of lace with four fine layers of wool over it. Then I’ve put some devore on top, the resist as you see, then I covered the whole with two more layers of wool. I’ve used a mixture of BFL, Swaledale and Shetland.
Cutting it open seemed to take quite a while. What I should be left with is some circular islands with the textured devore between. I will be stitching into the pot and thought that would make an interesting base to begin with, although I’m not sure quite yet exactly what form the stitching will take. Perhaps I’ll decide after the next post when I hope to show you the dry pot.
This is another of the samples I made for the British wool vessel workshop I ran last week. Masham is a lovely wool to work with and I, most unusually for me, decided to decorate the pot with pattern! I don’t know what came over me and I actually found it quite fun.
It’s been s struggle to get anything like half way decent photos and these don’t do it full justice but I can wait no longer to show it to you. The pattern was varied around the pot and used lines and circles, very simple but also very effective.
I used two shades of Masham – fawn and mid brown. You need to see the underneath of the pot too
Quite possibly my favourite view of the pattern if not the potm Much as I enjoyed it I found myself wishing for more texture so perhaps my next one should be both patterned and textured 🙂
What inspires you? On this occasion it was fungus that did it for me, the type you see growing straight out from trees.
My version is made from Jacob wool with the fungus in Blue Faced Leicester wool.
It’s worked out quite well but I would make larger fungus next time, not too large or it wouldn’t be in scale with the pot. We almost saw blue sky this afternoon so I dashed home to take a few photos but the cloud was already back! Never mind, you’ll get the general idea. So much grey sky recently that decent photos seem to happen only in my imagination.
Having said that, perhaps I should just make a larger / very large pot and have loads of fungal growths. What do you think?